Anneliese Nappa

This interview with Australian absurdist comedians Aunty Donny goes way off the rails. Why didn’t we see that one coming? more


The Onion left Madison almost two decades ago. But a retrospective of the company shows it owes a lot to its Madison years. more

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Cara Howe / Netflix

Her brilliant savagery at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner put Michelle Wolf into the spotlight. Her new Netflix show is going to keep her there. more

TV & Video

Local and national comedians get to strut their stuff at the inaugural Madison Comedy Week, May 27-June 3 at 22 different Madison venues. more


Hari Kondabolu brings a personal approach to hot-button issues like race and colonialism. He’s at the Comedy Club on State April 19-21. more


Charlie Berens’ podcast “Da Manitowoc Minute” is attracting loads of fans from around the world. Isthmus talks to Berens in advance of his appearance at Wisconsin Union Theater on Jan. 26. more



Joan Marcus

Isthmus arts and culture editor Catherine Capellaro looks back at a year where she found hope and faith in humanity through art. more

A & E


Mindy Tucker

One got her start as a web series star on YouTube. The other launched her career from blogging and podcasts. Now these two dope queens are touring the country together, celebrating female friendship and making people laugh. more


Local comedian Dina Nina Martinez is building on the success of last year’s Lady Laughs Comedy Festival, bringing the event back Nov. 2-5 with more than triple the acts. more



Robyn Von Swank

Married standup comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher are helping bring LGBTQ narratives into the mainstream. And their comedy is inseparable from their activism. more


Andy Moore talks to award-winning writer, director and comedian Mike Birbiglia about his brand new comedy tour, “The New One.” Birbiglia will be at the Overture Center on Sept. 22. more


It may have taken him years to find an audience, but comedian Marc Maron says he's never been funnier. The host of the hit WTF podcast is coming to Madison on April 28 for a show at the Orpheum. more



Branden Vondrak

Progressive talk radio host Stephanie Miller has shifted her approach to comedy since the election of Donald Trump. It’s also about resistance now. more

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Michael Schwartz

Pioneering standup comedian and National Public Radio institution Paula Poundstone, brings her wry humor to the Barrymore Theatre on Feb. 11. more


On Donald Trump’s inauguration day, cities across the country will host comedy festivals, with proceeds benefiting the American Civil Liberties Union. The Madison installment, at the Majestic Theatre, features headliner Madison native Nate Craig. more


Once a month, Madison audiences have an opportunity to watch comedians riff on terrible movies. It’s called “Movie Hell,” and the monthly shows at the Fountain are developing a cult following. more



Stephanie Hofmann

Madison’s first ever female-centric comedy festival celebrates inclusivity and promises big laughs, thanks to talent from all over the country. more


“We are living in the intersection of satire and reality.” Isthmus talks to Lewis Black before his appearance at the Orpheum this Saturday. more



Mary Langenfeld

The audience at High Noon Saloon was ecstatic, and host Michael Feldman in fine form as the team kicked off a new “Whad’Ya Know? Podcast on Sept. 3. more



Kym Balthazar

Isthmus staff writer Dylan Brogan talks to “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah about connecting with audiences from around the world, his evolving style and how not to get shot by the police. Noah appears at the Orpheum Sept. 10. more